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Types of Liposuction

Types of Liposuction

There are just a few different liposuction techniques. But what they all have in common is the use of a thin tube, called a cannula, connected to a vacuum to suction the fat from your body.

  • Tumescent liposuction is the most common technique using local anesthesia. Dr. Melanie Carreon injects a sterile solution into the area where the fat is to be removed. It consists of saline -- which is salt water - along with lidocaine and epinephrine. The solution makes it easier to suction the fat with less blood loss and pain.
     
  • Ultrasound-assisted liposuction, or UAL, uses sound waves energy under your skin to rupture the cell walls of the fat. This liquefies the fat so it can be suctioned out.
     
  • Laser-assisted liposuction, or SmartLipo, uses a laser to produce a burst of energy to liquefy the fat.

How Long Is Recovery?

This is performed in our AAAHC Accredited Outpatient Surgical Center. But you should expect bruising, swelling, and soreness for a few weeks.

We require to wear a compression garment for a few months after surgery to control swelling.

You'll also have to take some antibiotics to prevent infection. Most people can return to work within a few days and get back to normal activities within 2 weeks. But every person is different.

Results and Testimonials are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. All photos/images are models, unless specified as actual patients of Dr. Melanie Carreon.